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NEW government legislation to cut red tape for businesses is good news for the economy in Hampshire, the MP for Meon Valley has said.

George Hollingbery praised the Growth and Infrastructure Bill, which will reduce red tape that delays and discourages business investment, new infrastructure and job creation.

It will help unlock some of the 75,000 homes across the country already with planning permission that are stalled due to lack of commercial viability.

It will also offer a speedier planning process for large-scale business and smaller local developments and ensure the fastest broadband speeds in Europe.

He said: ‘These are tough times for the economy and the government has to do all it can to ensure we can get growth.

‘A major issue I have encountered in the Meon Valley and across Hampshire is the frustration of many businesses that the right infrastructure is not in place, or that hoops have to be jumped through to get planning permission to expand. This addresses a great many of these concerns and should help those who want to contribute to their local economy to get on with what they do best.’